Get a head start on shopping at the MPAEF Holiday Boutique at Allied Arts in Menlo Park

by Chrisie Wendin on November 16, 2012

Two dozen local vendors, including Menlo Park’s Wrap It Up, which sells holiday aprons and other handcrafted wares, are taking part in the MPAEF Holiday Boutique, which continues until 2:30 pm today at Allied Arts and is free and open to the community. (Pictured above is Wrap It Up owner Kim Salkind and daughter Hannah Martin.)

The third annual event is a fundraiser of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF), with 20% of proceeds donated to the schools. The diverse offerings include jewelry, home décor, children’s items, stationery, clothing, and gourmet food.

When you enter the Boutique, you won’t want to miss the beautiful holiday wreaths and arrangements by Mindy Rosenberg Design. While you browse, you might want to ask about the orchid subscription option, which delivers an orchid to the recipient every other month.

Or, just across the aisle,  the whimsical Mr. Towle’s Birdhouses might just catch your eye. They’re made by Mike Towle, the spouse of Oak Knoll kindergarten teacher Carol Towle, and he’s donating 100% of the proceeds to the Foundation.

Another popular spot is Jac o’ Lyn Murphy’s stationary and place cards, including snowflake stationary sets that feature children’s mittens and notecards (perfect for those holiday thank you notes). Also for the kids is Personify Press, the author-illustrator duo of Diana Spieker and Krista Skehan, who have created the Alphabetica book and placemats.

In the jewelry department, there’s something for every occasion: Heart on Your Wrist, Janet Falkner Designs, and m&m bling. Other InMenlo favorites? Angel Heart Cake’s delectable pumpkin and apple carmel seasonal offerings, UCan’s sleek composting bins and accessories, Flutter Eyewear’s fashionable readers, and Menlo stalwart Kicks’ variety of fun stocking stuffers and gifts.

The MPAEF Holiday Boutique runs from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Friday, November 16 at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Photos by Linda Hubbard

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